by J. Doodle Lipscomb
After each going through several solo albums, husband/wife duo Matt and Joanne Engel collaborated on a new piano-rock project named Remote Impact to release their first EP together, Butterfly. The album starts off with the punching staccato piano chords of “Butterfly," and the song ends with the poignant phrase (that you would want to rewind and repeat over and over, and hey, it does that for you) “into oblivion.” My favorite track would be “Pearl,” which encompasses a more raw, naked intensity over only the piano.
Though I would compare Joanne’s vocals with Suzie Bradford of the Side Project as it has a similar smooth tonal quality transitioning between alto and soprano, Joanne reminds me more of vocalist Zadok of Seattle’s Mercir. Joanne and Zadok blur the boundaries between the typical stigmas differentiating between male and female voices with their clear choir-esque pitches but occasionally with a rich edge of their own personal soul elements.
More on Remote Impact: www.myspace.com/remoteimpact.